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NBA News: Mavericks take the Chip











Last night in Miami, a new NBA Champion was crowned and they are the Dallas Mavericks. Going into the 2010-2011 season, did you even recall Dallas even mentioned as a prediction to contend for the title? Most people would answer no......I think everyone was wondering in which playoff round the Mavs would have one of their meltdowns. The normal possible contenders were talked about, the Celtics, the Magic, the Lakers, the Spurs and the Miami Heat. Yes the Heat, who happened to be the Mavs opponent in this years NBA Final. Look the Heat, specifically Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh did a good job of putting themselves in the final and winning a championship before the season even started. Well enough about those talented spoil brats down in south beach, this is about the new champions. You have to be impressed by the odds the Mavs had to overcome to get it. This was the franchises first championship since its inception back in 1980. The organization had to deal with more lows over the years looking like a forgotten stepchild to their more successful neighbors, the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs. Questions of this teams integrity were always brought up because every since their rebellious, outspoken owner Mark Cuban crashed on the scene back in 2000, it was a wonder if the Mavs were that serious to win. More so when Cuban put his faith and franchise on the back of German-born player Dirk Nowitski. Dirk had exceptional talent for a 7-footer but questions were always abound if he could lead the Mavs to the championship......It got worse back in 2006 when Dirk and the Mavs faced the same Miami Heat in the final. The Mavs went up 2-0 in the series to only lose 4 straight in embarrassing fashion. For the next 5 seasons the Mavs had to carry that stain on their franchise and Dirk was the primary target for it.

Circa 2011, in a thrilling first round victory against a feisty Portland Trail Blazer team the Mavs began to show that they can finish games but they weren't out of the woods yet. No one expected the Mavs to take down Kobe Bryant and the 2-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers.......That they did in a 4-game sweep, seemingly giving Head coach Phil Jackson his last ride in the NBA......Then in the Western Conference finals the Mavs dispatched a talented Oklahoma City Thunder team in 5-games. After eliminating the two teams that were predicted to vie for the Western Conference with such surgical precision, Dirk and the Mavs seemed to be rid of that stigma that they can't finish in big games.......So we thought.....Waiting for them on the other side was the same franchise that delivered that crushing loss back in '06. Dwayne Wade the '06 finals MVP was the only remnants of that old Heat squad but he seemed to have a far better supporting cast over that crew he won the "chip" with.

Over the summer Heat president Pat Riley obtained the services of Chris Bosh and the mighty Lebron James, making it look like the Mavs were going to have a repeat performance of five years ago......With all those old wounds resurfacing, the Mavs had the daunting task of taking down a superstar laden Heat team that dispatched Boston and Chicago in dominate fashion. Look in a league that is now superstar driven, no one really gave Dallas a chance. Okay you had those who supported the Mavs based on their hatred for Miami, but Dirk being the Mavs only resident superstar had to go up against three legit superstars. Dirk was not afraid of the odds and neither was his supporting cast. This Mavs team was sprinkled with veteran players who never won before and were very hungry. Dirk and Jason Terry were together back in '06 and Jason Kidd lead the New Jersey Nets to two straight NBA Finals back in 02-03. Thats as close as it got to the Larry O' Brien Trophy. The Mavs coach Rick Carlisle did an exceptional job. Rick's in-game decisions were outstanding, responding to everything the Heat threw at the Mavs. Despite Dirks struggles in the first-half of game 6, he got support from Jason Terry and J.J. Barea. Guys like Deshawn Stevenson made sacrifices for the good of the team, they didn't let things like pride stand in their way. With their second leading scorer Caron Butler out for the season due to injury, the team stayed focused. Ian Mahinmi and Brian Cardinal stepped up huge with a hobbled Brendon Haywood and Peja Stojakovic who didn't have anything left in the clip. Shawn Marion and Tyson Chandler played strong in the paint giving the Mavs that anchor in the front court.

“(Miami) had three pieces, but we have 14 or 15,” Jason Terry said. “With that kind of confidence in each other—the system, the coaching staff—we just believed. … This team has the heart the size of Texas.”

Dirk who was named the finals MVP finally accomplished his mission, now go win another one.....nuff said

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